12/05/2017 09:15 AM EDT
By David Siders (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Carla Marinucci (email@example.com) with Candice Norwood (firstname.lastname@example.org)
THE BUZZ: Lobbyist Pamela Lopez on Monday named state Assemblyman Matt Dababneh as the lawmaker she accused of cornering her in a Las Vegas bathroom last year and masturbating in front of her while urging her to touch him.
-- Dababneh denied the accusations, and a lawyer representing him warned Lopez in a cease and desist letter last week that if she made "any false and defamatory allegation against Mr. Dababneh, you will be held fully accountable in damages."
-- Bottom line: State Assembly officials said an outside investigator will be hired to investigate. Now state Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon is on the hot seat. He said in a prepared statement, "Assemblymember Dababneh is temporarily stepping down as chair of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee while the investigation proceeds. While it is not my place to prejudge any investigation, as I stated when Ms. Lopez first shared her story, if it is found that Assemblymember Dababneh committed this assault I will ask for his immediate resignation and move for his expulsion if he refuses to resign."
-- The Los Angeles Times was preparing a report on Dababneh before Lopez went public with his identity ... via LATimes' Melanie Mason: "... She said she stated firmly she would not touch him, and repeated it multiple times. She said he then asked her to touch him elsewhere, even just rest her arm on him. Lopez said she interpreted the request as a type of attempted negotiation. Again, she refused. She said Dababneh then ejaculated into the toilet. The whole encounter lasted less than five minutes, Lopez said." Story
BUENOS DÍAS, good Tuesday morning. Gov. Jerry Brown calls the Republican tax bill "evil in the extreme," and California Republicans have a tough decision to make when it comes up in the House. Dana Rohrabacher is set to testify before the House Select Intelligence Committee about a meeting with Julian Assange.
Where's Jerry: No public schedule
VENTURA COUNTY FIRE RAGES: "Ventura County wildfire explodes, thousands evacuated, at least one person dead and structures lost," by LATimes' Alene Tchekmedyian: "A fast-moving, wind-fueled brush fire exploded to about 10,000 acres in Ventura County late Monday night, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes as widespread blackouts hit areas ranging from Oxnard to Santa Barbara, officials said. One person was reported killed in a traffic accident on a road closed due to the fire. At least wo buildings have been destroyed and more than 800 homes in Ventura and Santa Paula were evacuated. More than 260,000 customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties were without power." Story
JERRY'S THROWDOWN TO TRUMP, GOP: Gov. Jerry Brown - joined by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy - said Monday that the three solidly blue states may consider legal action to stop the GOP tax bill, which he called "evil in the extreme," and an unfair effort to financially penalize three key "engines of the American economy."
-- "There may be some legal action,'' Brown said. "This is a quintessential political challenge and our job is to communicate the fraud and nefarious character of this tax bill,'' Brown said in the 40 minute conference call with Cuomo and Murphy. Brown said his first priority in fighting the measure, is "to make sure our members of Congress know they are hurting California. ... They're also hurting America."
-- An impassioned Brown argued that the bill targets states which represent "40 percent of the American gross domestic product. And when you assault that, how do you think there's going to be a gain at the end of the day?" "There's a good chance that this will be a minus, not a plus,'' he said. "And attacking the innovation of California, New York and New Jersey - it's just a dumb move. ... It's really stupid, and they will regret it."
-- More Brown: "The most immediate evil of this cynical maneuver called the tax bill is to further divide America when we're at one of our most divisive periods in history." He said it appears the president and the GOP Congress aim to use their majority "to penalize 12 states, I believe who voted strongly against the president."
-- "Blue state governors promise to fight federal tax overhaul," by POLITICO's Jimmy Vielkind: Story
-- MEANWHILE -- "Rallies planned across California as activists pressure GOP House members on tax vote," by LATimes' Christine Mai-Duc: "With another round of votes looming on the Republicans' tax overhaul bill, Democratic activists are planning a series of protests and rallies across the state to pressure GOP members to oppose it." Story
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It is evil in the extreme" -- Gov. Jerry Brown on GOP tax bill
TWEET OF THE DAY: Jonathan Bash @Jonathan_Bash -- "1) As President of the @BruinDemocrats I - and my fellow board members - had always warned our female members not to intern - or go to an event serving alcohol - with then Congressional District Director, now Assemblymember, #MattDababneh."
BONUS TWEET OF THE DAY: TO @torozco -- "One day i wanna get a shoutout in PLAYBOOK! #lls"
It's Tuesday -- Got a tip? Feedback? News to share? Let us know. By email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter: @cmarinucci, @davidsiders and @POLITICOCA.
THE TRUMP ERA:
-- "Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to testify before Intelligence Committee about Julian Assange meeting," by LATimes' Sarah D. Wire: "Orange County Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) will testify before the House Select Intelligence Committee this month about a meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in which the two discussed who stole emails from the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 presidential election. 'As you can see, I am not worried,' Rohrabacher said after votes Monday. 'I have no worries at all. Once the public understands that the regular media has given them a false impression of my meetings with Russians, it'll be fine.'" Story
-- "Supreme Court lets Trump fully impose latest travel ban," by POLITICO's Josh Gerstein: "President Donald Trump's beleaguered travel ban policy chalked up a significant victory at the Supreme Court on Monday as the justices allowed full implementation of the latest version of the restrictions and indicated that the justices' concerns about the president's actions on the issue might be eroding." Story
-- "California Gov. Jerry Brown compares GOP congressional leaders to 'mafia thugs'," by LATimes' Liam Dillon: "Brown, who was joined on the call by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, argued that the tax plan would hurt those living in states that voted against President Trump in the 2016 election to fund massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans." Story
-- "California Republicans face big decision on tax vote," by Christina Bellantoni of LATimes: "When GOP Reps. Mimi Walters and Ed Royce cast votes on the GOP tax plan, will they stick with it? That's among the biggest questions setting the agenda for this week in politics." Story
-- "American family wants to help Afghan interpreter, but Trump administration says no," by SacBee's Stephen Magagnini: "For the past nine months, the Peranos and their daughter Kristy, 27, have been trying to get the U.S. government to grant entry to Kamran and his family. Kamran says he fled Afghanistan after working as an interpreter for U.S. forces for 10 years. He now lives in Pakistan, where he says he and his family stay in hiding to avoid being harmed by the Taliban or its surrogates." Story
-- "How a company actually plans to spend its tax cut money," by Natalie Kitroeff for NYTimes: "Many welcome tax savings, but each industry and company will make different calculations about whether and how to spend that money. Much will depend on what customers and suppliers do and, of course, on the vicissitudes of the American economy." Story
-- "Number of Border Patrol agents getting sick from sewage nearly triples," by Barbara Zaragoza for San Diego Union-Tribune: "An increasing number of U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Imperial Beach station have reported a host of health problems since February, when an estimated 143 million gallons of Mexican sewage spilled into the Tijuana River Valley they patrol." Story
CALIFORNIA AND THE CAPITOL CORRIDOR:
-- "Steve Clute, former California assemblyman, gave his wife a gun so she could kill herself, prosecutors allege," by Brett Kelman and Barrett Newkirk in The Desert Sun: "Former California Assemblyman Steve Clute has been charged with a felony for allegedly giving a gun to his wife, a well-known Riverside college professor, so she could commit suicide last year." Story
-- "Report blasts CalPERS' environmental and social 'activism,'" by SacBee's Adam Ashton: "The nation's largest public pension fund is leaving money on the table by favoring environmental and social causes in its portfolio, a business-backed nonprofit argues in a study it's releasing Tuesday on the California Public Employees Retirement System." Story
-- "Sexual Harassment at the California Capitol: Are There 'Rapists' in the Building?" by NBC4's Conan Nolan: "Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) says she was shocked to hear Pelosi's claim that there are 'rapists in this building' during a hearing of her committee Tuesday at the state capitol." Story
-- "How far can Democrats go to help unions?" by Dan Walters of CALmatters: "How far, one might wonder, can Democrats go to help their union friends? Pretty far, the state Supreme Court seemed to say last week in validating a special law passed 15 years ago to boost the struggling United Farm Workers Union." Story
-- "SF mayor, supervisor feud over use of site for housing," Rachel Swan of SFGate: "The homeless Navigation Center that Aaron Peskin proposed for a North Beach parking lot has led to a power struggle between the supervisor and his longtime political foe, Mayor Ed Lee, who wants to use the site for affordable housing." Story
-- "Jerry Brown's dilemma: fix school funding formula now or watch others do it later," John Fensterwald for EdSource: "The question he should ask himself is whether it would be wiser to negotiate needed fixes to the law or watch the Legislature, the next governor and a new State Board of Education the new governor will appoint, start chipping away at the funding formula in ways Brown might regret." Story
-- "Wine Country fires: In sad aftermath, for-sale signs go up on burned-out lots," by Kurtis Alexander of SFChronicle: "The real estate ad posted by Coldwell Banker calls it a "fantastic opportunity" in a "wonderful neighborhood." But it's not the dream home you might expect in Wine Country." Story
CAMPAIGNS 2018 AND BEYOND:
-- "Election Tuesday will decide if Wendy Carrillo or Luis López becomes next state Assembly member," by LATimes' Javier Panzar: "Tuesday's decision will close out the chain of special elections that was triggered when U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer announced her retirement from politics more than two years ago." Story
-- "LA-area Assembly special election matches Democrats with differences," by Kevin Modesti of LADailyNews: "Wendy Carrillo and Luis Lopez, the two Democrats in a special election Tuesday in the state Assembly district north of downtown Los Angeles, have strained to show voters how they're different. Their policy differences are more a matter of emphasis than real disagreements. Their louder clashes are about their personal histories and campaign tactics." Story
-- "Tax reform and the 2018 CA elections," by Joel Fox of Fox & Hounds: "The tax reform plan that is on the road to passing Congress sets up an interesting dynamic for the 2018 elections in California. Democrats will argue that those Republican congress members who voted for the tax plan and ended deductions raised taxes on many Californians. On the other hand most state Democrats will be protecting the need for gas tax increase against a repeal effort if one qualifies for the ballot. Reverse the script for Republicans." Story
-- "Autopsy Doctors: Sheriff Overrode Death Findings to Protect Law Enforcement," by Julie Small on KQED's The California Report: Story
-- "California's holy-cow idea," by Bloomberg: Story
-- "Expect the 'strongest and longest' Santa Ana winds of the season this week in L.A. area," by Sonali Kohli by LATimes: Story
-- "High housing prices are forcing hundreds of Sacramento State students into homelessness," by SacBee's Diana Lambert: Story
-- "Sweet recognition - and major cash - for three San Diego scientists with Breakthrough Prize," by San Diego Union-Tribune's Bradley J. Flakes: Story
-- "Colin Kaepernick honored at ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner in Beverly Hills," by LAtimes' Alene Tchekmedyian: Story
-- "Picturesque Valley of the Moon, scarred by wildfire, begins to find its way back," BY Meg McConahey of Press Democrat: Story
-- "University leaders make case to keep managing Los Alamos lab," via Union-Democrat: Story
-- "Billy Bush reaffirms Trump's 'Access Hollywood' comments are real," by Alex Johnson for NBCNews: "Bush added: 'Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act. He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real.'" Story
-- "Billy Bush, Active Bystander," by Megan Garber of The Atlantic: "The redemption of Billy Bush is fascinating, certainly, but it, too, is a story for another day. Because what's most striking about the op-ed the former news anchor has published is that it explores, in much more detail than the American public is used to encountering, the tricky dynamics of complicity when it comes to harassment." Story
-- "Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg talks sexual harassment and what companies should do about it," by Queenie Wong for Silicon Beat: "In a lengthy Facebook post on Sunday, Sandberg wrote that she's never been sexually harassed or assaulted by anyone she's worked for, but she has dealt with "unwanted sexual advances" on the job." Story
-- "How Silicon Valley became the FCC chair's scapegoat," by Joshua Brustein for Bloomberg: "An irony to the Silicon Valley scapegoating is that people from both sides of the debate say that the biggest internet companies have been less than fully engaged in the net neutrality debate. It has been a point of consistent grumbling from the most enthusiastic net neutrality advocates." Story
-- "Trump is forcing a stunning political shift inside Silicon Valley," by Vanity Fair's Maya Kosoff: "Trump's unexpected win has forced Big Tech to haltingly navigate the political waters of a hostile administration, even as it faces an unprecedented backlash over its role in ensuring his victory." Story
-- "Where Silicon Valley is going to get in touch with its soul," by Nellie Bowles: "Silicon Valley has come to the Esalen Institute, a storied hippie hotel here on the Pacific coast south of Carmel, Calif. After storm damage in the spring and a skeleton crew in the summer, the institute was fully reopened in October with a new director and a new mission: It will be a home for technologists to reckon with what they have built." Story
-- "LA Weekly's new era starts with backlash; some advertisers step back," by LATimes' Lauren Raab: "Since LA Weekly laid off most of its journalists last week and its new owners revealed their identities Friday, backlash has been swift and fierce. There has been outcry over the new owners' political backgrounds and their plan to use articles by unpaid contributors. Former writers for the alternative weekly are spearheading a call for a boycott. A few advertisers have taken a step back." Story
ENDORSEMENTS: Long Beach City Councilmember Roberto Uranga has endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for governor.
SUBSCRIBE to the Playbook family: POLITICO Playbook: http://politi.co/1phAeAC ... New York Playbook: http://politi.co/1ON8bqW ... Florida Playbook: http://politi.co/1JDm23W ... New Jersey Playbook: http://politi.co/1HLKltF ... Massachusetts Playbook: http://politi.co/1Nhtq5v ... Illinois Playbook: http://politi.co/1N7u5sb ... California Playbook: http://politi.co/1N8zdJU and our friends at POLITICO Brussels Playbook: http://politi.co/1FZeLcw ... All our policy and political tip sheets http://politi.co/1M75UbX
Want to make an impact? POLITICO California has a variety of solutions available for partners looking to reach and activate the most influential people in the Golden State. Have a petition you want signed? A cause you're promoting? Seeking to increase brand awareness amongst this key audience? Share your message with our influential readers to foster engagement and drive action. Contact Jesse Shapiro to find out how: email@example.com.
To view online:
Please click here and follow the steps to unsubscribe.